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The Greatest Show on Turf, Geneseo 2019

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I call her Genny. The National Warplane Museum held their 39th annual airshow, “The Greatest Show on Turf” in Geneseo, New York on July 13th and 14th. This is also an annual event for me as I grew up 65 miles west of here. This show is unlike any other I attend because I camp onsite and immerse myself in day and night events. Many of the volunteers are now personal friends.

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The Military Aviation Museum’s Flying Proms 2019

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On June 15th, the 9th Annual Flying Proms Symphony Air Show took place at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. The concept of a Prom comes from 18th Century England. Live orchestral music would play in public places on the Promenade to be enjoyed by the commoners. The Military Aviation Museum teams with the Virginia Wind Symphony who provides inspiring music from under a tented band shelter to the assembled audience with aircraft flying overhead. Patrons bring their own chairs and blankets, some with a good view of the runway, others get front row to the symphony. A number of food trucks were on hand to feed the masses.

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Planes of Fame 2019


One of my absolute favorite shows of the year, and the best vintage show in the Western United States, is the Planes of Fame Airshow held in Chino, California. This year’s show commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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The Reading Regional Airport (RDG), three miles northwest or Reading, PA., and also known as Carl A. Spaatz Field, had its big WW2 Warbirds Air Show for 2019, officially called “A Gathering of Warbirds”, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 6, 7 and 8 of this year. Sure , they had 65 warbirds show up, the most ever, and a lot of them went up for a neat five hour flying show, but this Air Show is not just about the airplanes. For years the local citizens, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, the Airport Authority, the vendors and the 5,000 Army Reenactors have all combined every year to make this Show into a gigantic equivalent of a 1944 Broadway Play about World War Two. The big difference is that when you go to New York, the action is all in front of you (usually). At Reading everyone combines to make the action all around you, to effectively transport you back to the European Fields and Pacific Islands of World War 2. As you walk around, this Broadway Play is playing in front of you, behind you, next to you, and in the sky above you, as you and the 50,000 people who come each day experiences as they walk through the airport’s grassy fields and closed taxiways and ramps of Reading Airport.

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